Google Is Machine Translating 5 ‘Promising’ African Languages For The Web


With over 71 languages translated and already in use, Google Translate wants to add Africa’s Hausa, Igbo, Somali, Yoruba and Zulu on the list in a bid to make information universally accessible and useful, regardless of the language in which it’s written.

Google said, “Hello Africa, We need your help with evaluating translation quality for some of our “promising” African languagesHAUSA, IGBO, SOMALI, YORUBA and ZULU.”

“We need speakers of these languages to help rate our current machine translation system.
Thanks and happy translating,” the firm added.

Announcing via its G+ account, Google Translate already has the promising languages translated but only wants help from human speakers to evaluate the machine translation system.Google Translate is a free translation service by the giant search engine with instant translations between over 70 languages globally. It can translate words, sentences and web pages between any combination of its supported languages.

For Google Translate to generate a translation, it detects patterns in hundreds of millions of documents already translated by human translators. It then makes intelligent guesses as to what would be an appropriate translation  via “statistical machine translation”. Since the translations are machine-generated, they are not so perfect. Google Translate therefore looks for human translators to refine documents so as Google Translate can analyse in a specific language for a better translation quality.